A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn how to create characters and practice language skills by making cartoons. With a little imagination, they can turn stories into comic strips and printed books via the site. Because they are able to create multi-panel strips, kids can gain experience telling stories using both words and pictures: structuring the plot, identifying characters, and writing dialogue. If users were able to participate in dialogue beyond "likes," cartoon creators could better identify simple problems like plot holes and spelling errors..
Some authors have woven messages like "I choose who I want to be" and "Don’t be disrespectful" into comics.
Violence & Scariness
Comics include violent scenes such as a bear killing another bear with a hammer and a person being shot in the back.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
With the user-created comics, anything goes: Some are mild, others include nude photos and jokes about sexual diseases.
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Some toons contain words like "hell" and "ass."
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Products & Purchases
You can buy print-quality images of the cartoons you create -- or that others create -- using the site currency, Tooken, which can be earned you can purchased 100 for $1.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Content ranges from characters getting excited about drinking to a fair amount of anti-smoking/anti-drug comics.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that registration is free; kids need to enter a username, password, and email. Their profile can include their gender, city, website URL, and a brief bio. ToonDoo says efforts have been made to make the site safe for kids, but because "users come from different countries and socio-cultural backgrounds, it is virtually impractical to monitor all the content" -- so it relies on users to report inappropriate items. The library of homemade cartoons includes a variety of tame and not-so-innocent content.
Is It Any Good?
Billed as the world's fastest way to create cartoons, TOONDOO also offers kids an outlet to share their comics. Unlike some cartoon sites, which only allow you to import images, ToonDoo offers an ample library of clip art and the ability to doodle your own pictures. The site also has some nifty ways of encouraging users to participate: In addition to making their own comic, users can also like other creations or add captions to other users' cartoons, if the owner allows it. However, you may not want your child aimlessly flipping through all the content on the site: Although some images may provide artistic inspiration, others contain nudity, bad language, and other for-adults-only items.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.